On 19 July we got together for the last true painting session (we will meet up tomorrow, but that will be for extensive lunch and 'loose ends') and it was worth it! Lots of great 'work on ice' that was started the week before (to cool off in the hot hot weather) and our visitor Georgina created a wonderfully natural flowing composition...
Waterlily by Georgina
Marina Teding van Berkhout worked on (and finished) two lovely aquarelles in her very recognizable style
Used Tubes by Marina Teding van Berkhout
Watching 'Boule' by Marina Teding van Berkhout
Work-in-progress by Edith Alborni, one step further - getting better and better...
Village in Provence by Edith Alborni
And the last three paintings of the summer season are ice-related:
Helen Humphrey will be exhibiting her stunning watercolours and oil paintings, as well as cards, at the Galerie de Casa Blu in Valbonne at the end of July. Her paintings focus on scenes of Venice and also the Cote d'Azur from St. Tropez to Menton. This is definitely an exhibition not to be missed.
You are invited to visit from 10am - 7 pm, 23 - 29 July, 2011.
Galerie de Casa Blu, Rue Eugene Giraud, 06560 Valbonne Village
We are in the South of France and it's hot! That's why last week the small group of aquarellistas did a bit of cool painting - based on the subject 'Ice'. And we used masking fluid, to preserve the white. Often it is easier to just not-paint (and leave white) but in the two examples shown here, masking fluid is more effective. For Lies it works for her 'lightning', because the sky behind it can be one ongoing, homogeneous surface if she can just paint over the masking fluid. And in Cathie's case, the tiny drops have dark rims, which would be an impossible job to do one by one. With masking fluid, the dark rims will appear if the applied lightblue wash is very wet.
Both Lies and Cathie will finish their paintings tomorrow - and I'll proudly show the results next week!
Cathie van der Stel's Icecube - stage one
Edith Alborni started promising new work for the Aquarellista-expo 'Le Village' in Valbonne in September, which she will hopefully finish tomorrow...
As Charmian mentioned in the post below, our beloved atelier is getting ready for the summer and so are the artists! Lots have already gone on holiday -or have visitors- and the groups are getting smaller. Same goes for the aquarellistas, but it has no effect on the quality of the work, on the contrary... Most of us are still working on their villages for the expo in September!
You can admire the pictures in alphabetical order: A,B,C,E,H
(we need Dominique, Francine and Gwennaelle to perfect this list !)
Very small village by Ann Edwards. Just a try-out, with bird's view perspective and shadows
Village fountain by Brenda Moorehouse - to be finished asap, looks promising!
Small street in Valbonne by Cathie van der Stel.
Village by Edith Alborni
Greek god with pink pattern by Hélène van der Kroft - great picture!
Nelly's class are busy completing their work before the summer break. Some concentrated on texture, such as Francoise Alberti's elegant ladies with voile skirts against a dark background. Similarly Charmian Murley's portrait of her granddaughter showed the delicacy of the tulle and the balloon.
Brenda Moorhouse creatured a beautiful, impressionist painting full of colour and light and this now hangs, with pride, in her home.